May 24, 2010
Phoenix has developed a two-axis press that provides for forming, compaction, and compression processes, as well as R&D and quality testing.
Operating in a pressure-over-time mode, the press employs a Delta motion controller and a Micrologix 1100 to provide synchronized application of vertical and horizontal force on the end product. Pressure is controlled to within ± 5 percent.
Ramp, dwell time, and ram speed are individually controllable for each cylinder. Ram position is accurate within 0.005 in. Process recipes are accessed through a panel view operator interface with a 10-in. color screen. PLC/HMI communications are provided through Ethernet connections.
The heart of the press comprises a 20-ton vertical and a 5-ton horizontal cylinder. The cylinders operate in a force-over-time mode as selected in the operator interface. The ramp time for each cylinder is 30 to 60 seconds, with a dwell time ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes.
The press can be configured for various tonnages, frame designs, and control packages.